Masterplan and Phase 1 regeneration of historic site into mixed-use creative quarter.

Ferguson Mann Architects were tasked with transforming a historic former trading estate with a series of ex-industrial buildings into a new mixed-use creative quarter which could combine business space, studios, live-work spaces, a cafe/bar, gallery and exhibition spaces and residential accommodation all into one multi-faceted site.

We created an urban strategy when designing the masterplan for this 11.5-acre site which included keeping the majority of the existing buildings, but also allowed for the selective demolition of some buildings to allow for light industrial buildings to be regenerated.

The masterplan set out a strong framework of new streets and squares, and introduced new buildings, in order to provide cohesion to a site with many uses. We created a network of public spaces that organised the accommodation and the units, taking care to orientate spaces in such a way that frontages could best engage with public spaces, maximising footfall. The unit interiors have been left as shells for tenants to adapt and colourful roof-top features are introduced to give identity to each part of the layout and to give presence onto the main street.

The public realm and common spaces have also been fully refurbished. The simple, robust feel took cues from these industrial buildings, matching and modernising their aesthetic. The work has achieved a successfully vibrant environment for people to live, work and play.

Work for the first phase commenced on site in 2004 and was completed in 2006.